Tag: Trump

Trump versus the Democratic ‘squad’: A battle for America’s soul

Any Australian who has been paying even a bit of attention over the past decade would recognise these slogans. They are a staple of the nativist and racist faction of the conservative side of Australian politics.

Now they have become embedded in American political discourse during a week in which President Trump shamelessly lied about four female members of Congress who are also women of colour and progressive Democrats who came to prominence during the “blue wave” of the 2018 mid-term elections.

These women – who have been given the nickname “the squad” – are a major irritation to Donald Trump. They are smart, they’re fierce, they are also women of colour. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is Hispanic, Ilhan Omar was born in Somalia, Rashida Tlaib’s roots are Palestinian and Ayanna Pressley is African-American.

Tlaib and Omar are also Muslim.

via Trump versus the Democratic ‘squad’: A battle for America’s soul

Old Dog Thoughts – Lady Liberty is being dismantled. When elected women can’t have a voice American Independence and values have gone.

Fighting Fake News with Real,21/7/19; Lady Liberty, The War of Independance and their values denied; Politics is has simply become the Roger Ailes show for ratings forget the values;

The Bigot in Chief: Trump’s Intolerant Past – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Conclusion: Bigot in Chief
The media and the corporate Democrats are going after Trump and passing meaningless resolutions in the House condemning him for his racist tweets. There is actually a far larger point at play here, and it shows how truly dangerous Trump is.

Consider briefly the definition of the word bigot: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudice. Related terms include doctrinaire, fanatic, sectarian.

All of these terms have one thing in common: proponents lack that quality which being President of the United States most requires: mental flexibility

This is what makes Trump so dangerous: not his racism, not the fact-free nonsense he spouts on a daily basis, but his simplistic, dogmatic and rigid world view. His inability to learn, to change, to adapt. For all the vile crap he has said in and out of office, look beyond that and see the true danger: the man in charge of the largest military in human history is not capable of learning anything.

via The Bigot in Chief: Trump’s Intolerant Past – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts – Sky Commentators Walk like,Talk like Trump but sound like victims.

Fighting Fake News with Real, 16/7/19; Trump is certainly a reviled misogynist and racist leader of a divided Multicultural Nation.He’s divided the planet on every level; Trump to Bolt.. If you don’t like it here piss off;

‘I Was Not Surprised’: Reporters with Mike Pence Discover Migrants Confined in ‘Horrendous’ Conditions | The Smirking Chimp

Trump, Pence and Fox Corp’s FAKE NEWS (ODT)

Trump, Pence, and others blame the Democrats for the lack of funding to hold the immigrants more humanely, but this excuse makes no sense. Law enforcement is obligated to moderate its actions in line with the resources that lawmakers have allocated. Trump pretends that locking up every unauthorized border-crosser — even if they’re seeking aslyum, which is a legal form of immigration — is necessary to preserve the rule of law, but this is not so.

If state police decided that they needed to arrest, or even just stop, every driver going over the speed limit, chaos would ensue. Instead, they decide to go after the most egregious offenders when possible with the resources they have available.

But Trump has decided that, as a rule, any unauthorized border-crosser is dangerous and so they all must be locked up. This is absurd and plainly bigoted, and it’s not how any other reasonable form of law enforcement works. If you don’t have the resources to enforce the law humanely — particularly when the law in question concerns a non-violent offense like crossing the border between points of entry — then you should scale back on enforcement actions. Choosing to continue to lock people up, despite the abysmal conditions and with a presumption that an entire population of people is inherently dangerous, is exactly why the system of concentration camps Dawsey and others have documented is an affront to basic human rights.

 

via ‘I Was Not Surprised’: Reporters with Mike Pence Discover Migrants Confined in ‘Horrendous’ Conditions | The Smirking Chimp

Donald Trump blames teleprompter for airport gaffe during Fourth of July speech – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump admits to being the most intelligent too. The Teleprompter went haywire (ODT)

US President Donald Trump has blamed wet weather and a teleprompter fault for his reference to 18th century airports in his Independence Day speech.

Mr Trump told rain-soaked crowds that American troops fighting the British “took over the airports” during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century.

Observers were quick to point out that airports did not exist at the time, as the aeroplane was yet to be invented.

US President Donald Trump has blamed wet weather and a teleprompter fault for his reference to 18th century airports in his Independence Day speech.

Mr Trump told rain-soaked crowds that American troops fighting the British “took over the airports” during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century.

Observers were quick to point out that airports did not exist at the time, as the aeroplane was yet to be invented.

via Donald Trump blames teleprompter for airport gaffe during Fourth of July speech – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Howard Stern, Donald Trump, and the Rise of American Fascism | The Smirking Chimp

In 2005, Trump told Stern he wanted to have kids with Melania (this was just before his affair with Stormy Daniels). “‘Cause I like kids,” said Trump. “I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of them,” he bragged. “I’ll supply funds and she’ll take care of the kids. It’s not like I’m gonna be walking the kids down Central Park.”

Prince of a fellow there, but probably not likely to be named Father of the Year, unless Lindsey Graham needs to engage in a little more personal self-abasement, or Mike Pence gets to feeling he hasn’t sucked up enough to the boss lately.

Now, however, Stern, with a book coming out, says he’s “evolved,” and that he’d “feel really shitty” if he hadn’t. Don’t look for him to turn over any of that $650 million to charities or to help the kids at the border, or make good on the harm he did by ridiculing dwarves and drunks, however, or by insulting women, or just being the Crown Prince of American Jerks, the Avatar of American Assholery.

And, unless you’re an asshole yourself, don’t buy his fuckin’ book. Send what you’d spend on that trash to provide relief for the immigrant children at the border, maybe. Or just throw the dough in the gutter.

via Howard Stern, Donald Trump, and the Rise of American Fascism | The Smirking Chimp

“Brexit” Boris to join Trump and Morrison in the conservative leaders’ club

What is the common denominator between all three? Not thet they are Conservatives but Rupert Murdoch to whom they all bow down. (ODT)

What is this phenomenon, that such a madcap clown is actually considered front-runner against one other opponent, the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, for the country’s highest office?

“Brexit” Boris to join Trump and Morrison in the conservative leaders’ club

Old Dog Thoughts- Locked in a closet firing his shotgun Trump keeps missing walls

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Fighting Fake News,27/6/19; Locked in a closet firing a shot gun Trump keeps missing the walls; Things you don’t really see reported by Andrew Bolt; Australia lead the way to the new world of concentration camps;

Trump and Fox are currently a world threat

 

  • The Trump-Fox feedback loop could cause a war with Iran

    blog June 17, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

  • Fox both serves as Trump’s personal propaganda outlet and shapes his worldview. The president regularly watches hours of Fox coverage and often tweets about segments that catch his eye. He has stocked his administration with former Fox personalities, the network’s most prominent figures serve as his outside advisers, and guests openly appeal to him during their on-air appearances. Fox segments have an immense influence over this White House, with the president acting based on what he sees on the network on everything from political strategy to pardons.
  • It remains unclear how the conflict between the U.S. and Iran will play out. But with the stakes this high, it’s unnerving that the president is wallowing in Fox’s spin.
  • Trump tweeted about this Fox News segment that encouraged a US military strike on Iran

    video June 17, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

 

If Donald Trump Is the Symptom… Then What’s the Disease? | The Smirking Chimp

Here, then, is the question of the day, the sort you’d ask about any patient with a rising temperature: If Donald Trump is only the symptom, what’s the disease?

via If Donald Trump Is the Symptom… Then What’s the Disease? | The Smirking Chimp

David Corn Has HAD IT With Republicans Dancing Around Trump’s Love Of Election Help From Foreign Governents | Crooks and Liars

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Donald Trump could be in re-election trouble, the polls say. Here’s why you shouldn’t believe them – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Trump Mocks Americans With His Hidden Deal Trick | Crooks and Liars

Screenshot_2019-06-12 Trump Mocks Americans With His Hidden Deal Trick.pngDonald Trump claimed that he struck a new mystery deal with Mexico which he refuses to tell the American people about. It’s a secret, he says.

Mexico has already denied much of what Trump stated as fact.

Many political pundits and politicians predicted that he would never go through with his proposed 5% tariff on Mexican goods if they didn’t stop the flow of migrants into America. Even many of his Republican devotees were furious at his tariff threat, especially since the taxes were not tied to trade agreements but instead tied to his anger at his failures on his singular political issue.

During a press pool spray Tuesday, Trump took it further by mocking the press and Americans with this moronic exhibition of decadence.

“Right here is the agreement It’s very simple, it’s right here,” Trump said, acting more like a carnival barker than an actual United States president.

Trump then removes a piece of paper from inside his pocket.

“And in here is everything you want to talk about.”

“Done.”

“It’s done. It’s done. It’s all done.”

Josh Marshall writes, “President Trump is being pressed to back up claims he has a secret agreement for Mexico to buy billions of additional American agricultural goods, a claim Mexico denies. Trump later explained that the secret deal ‘goes into effect when I want it to.'”

via Trump Mocks Americans With His Hidden Deal Trick | Crooks and Liars

Old Dog Thoughts- Sinners or Heroes, Individuals vs Our Institutions, For or against Us? Trump Champ or Chump?

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Fighting Fake News;9/6/19; Was Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged Right? Heroes or Criminals? Whose Rules?

and

When does a national security mindset become an abuse of power?

 

Donald Delays Normandy Ceremony To Smear Americans On Fox News | Crooks and Liars

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Domestic Politics comes first over any International event (ODT)

The ceremony that commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day was all set to go at 11 AM local time in France but was pushed back 15 minutes because Trump just had to give another fluff and negative interview to a Fox news host.

To Trump, his state-sponsored propaganda network (Fox News) is more important than honoring the sacrifices that were made by the men and women in World War II. The RNC chair has confirmed that the priority of this trip is to honor Donald J. Trump.

via Donald Delays Normandy Ceremony To Smear Americans On Fox News | Crooks and Liars

TRUMP: A Perfect Symbol of What We Have Become | The Smirking Chimp

But I got up from a sick bed, less than a week after being operated upon for a perforated appendix that came close to killing me. A grumpy French surgeon, a speedy (and vastly cheaper operation than I could have had at home) have kept me alive and now well enough to crawl to my keyboard to share the opinion that Donald (“the Dotard,” the Dullard, the Graceless, the Corpulent, the Revolting, the Pussy Grabber, the Thief, the Prevaricator) Trump may be the most appropriate symbol for my country in these times remotely imaginable.

The revulsion I have for this man isn’t likely to be news to anyone who has consulted this blogsite over the past few years. In fact, I’ve repeated myself endlessly on the subject in an ongoing fit of sputtering consternation. But I don’t recall writing about how much Trump seems like the spitting image image of what our country has become.

via TRUMP: A Perfect Symbol of What We Have Become | The Smirking Chimp

Trump Uses This Psychological Gimmick to Appeal to His Followers — and the Media Keeps Falling for It | The Smirking Chimp

Being president is the ideal position for a self-refereeing psychopath. Those of us trying to sustain cultural norms try to show deference to the office of the president, which the psychopath can use as evidence of his supreme authority. The threat of being ousted from the press corps keeps the media respectful of the office from which the psychopathic referee-in-chief can systematically call fair on all his plays and foul on all critics.

The media end up in the role of petitioner, awaiting the president’s authoritative decision on the merit of the president’s decisions. The resistance ends up playing lawyer petitioning in the court he rules.

There’s no way to stop a self-refereeing psychopath short of relentlessly exposing his self-refereeing. Truth is, nobody asked him whether he agrees with his actions. The media should stop asking him and his lackeys to referee their own virtue.

via Trump Uses This Psychological Gimmick to Appeal to His Followers — and the Media Keeps Falling for It | The Smirking Chimp

Trump turns on Fox News over 2020 coverage: ‘What’s going on there?’ | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump addresses supporters at a campaign rally in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, on 20 May.

President criticized Fox News at a rally on Monday for giving Democrats airtime after candidate Pete Buttigieg appeared on the channel

via Trump turns on Fox News over 2020 coverage: ‘What’s going on there?’ | US news | The Guardian

SNL Rips Mr. ‘Art Of The Deal’ For Losing Over $1 Billion | Crooks and Liars

His father was a developer paying his taxes what did his son say to him? (ODT)

Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Michael Che took apart Trump, his enablers over on Fox “News” and the Senate, and his unhinged rally in Florida during their Weekend Update segment last night.

via SNL Rips Mr. ‘Art Of The Deal’ For Losing Over $1 Billion | Crooks and Liars

There are many reasons not to impeach Trump. The House should do it anyway | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

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It’s important to uphold the constitution through impeachment – even if it goes nowhere, even if it’s unpopular with many voters, even if it’s politically risky

via There are many reasons not to impeach Trump. The House should do it anyway | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

House Democrats vote to hold attorney general Barr in contempt of Congress | US news | The Guardian

William Barr speaks at a news conference on 18 April 2019.

Democrats have voiced frustration with Barr’s handling of the report, suggesting the attorney general’s actions were designed to protect the president.

Barr has on multiple occasions characterized the report in ways that appeared to absolve Trump of wrongdoing, even though a redacted version of the Mueller report released on 18 April showed nearly a dozen instances in which the president or his campaign sought to obstruct justice.

via House Democrats vote to hold attorney general Barr in contempt of Congress | US news | The Guardian

Trump sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to block release of financial records | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump

A representative of Deutsche Bank said in a statement: “We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorised investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations.”

Attorneys and representatives for the two sides were not immediately available for comment late on Monday.

via Trump sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to block release of financial records | US news | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts-Sri Lanka, Murdoch, Oil ,Trump, and The Saudis

Andrew Bolt’s Blog,27/4/19; How much did Murdoch and his cohorts play in the Sri Lankan tragedy? Wall St, Oil Trump and the Saudi Gamble, Trump’s friends Kim and Putin; Morrison’s Slowing Economy;

White House instructs official to ignore subpoena over security clearances

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Washington: A former White House personnel security director has been instructed by the White House not to show up on Tuesday for questioning by the House Oversight Committee.

The move appears to be the latest effort by the Trump administration to push back against congressional inquiries of the White House, which have proliferated since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in January.

When Trump caves into the law will he yell No Collusion? (ODT)

White House instructs official to ignore subpoena over security clearances

Trump Whines About Losing Followers In White House Meeting With Twitter CEO | Crooks and Liars

Trump Whines About Losing Followers In White House Meeting With Twitter CEO

President at work, wanting his Fake Russian Followers back on Twitter. The Bots Vlad and Olga have been fans since 2016 (ODT)

I should have never worried about a closed-door meeting between Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Donald Trump, because I should have known that the only Important Thing to Trump is the fact that he’s lost followers.

Perhaps Trump lost followers when Twitter removed the 5,000 bots unleashed to bash the Mueller report last week, which appeared to be connected to the Saudi Arabian government. Perhaps people are just tired of seeing his whining ways in their timelines.

via Trump Whines About Losing Followers In White House Meeting With Twitter CEO | Crooks and Liars

Netanyahu Plans to Name Illegal Settlement After Trump

President Donald Trump, second from left, smiles at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, after signing a proclamation in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, March 25, 2019. Trump signed an official proclamation formally recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

No Interferance, No Collusion, No Obstruction (ODT)

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced on Tuesday that he plans to name a new illegal settlement in the occupied Golan Heights in honor of Donald Trump, to thank the American president for agreeing to overlook the unlawful nature of Israel’s annexation of the territory seized from Syria in 1967.

via Netanyahu Plans to Name Illegal Settlement After Trump